The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was established under the leadership of the 21st National President Marcia L. Fudge. It is an exciting and innovative way for Delta women of vision to turn their considerable resources and energies to developing new purpose, new skills and new leaders from the ranks of 11 to 14-year old young women. We are committed to addressing the educational and social development needs of middle school girls. Our overarching goal is to guide girls into womanhood with educational support and professional guidance that will teach them how to create opportunities for academic success, to develop their abilities and talents, and to become change agents in the transformations of their communities.
The Delta GEMS Program was officially renamed The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute under the leadership of the sorority‘s 23rd National President, Dr. Louise A. Rice. The program is a continuum of services that address the needs of young African American women in grades 9 through 12 with a framework for the participants to discover and understand their individual brilliance by embracing the aims of the GEMS theme - Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. The goals for Delta GEMS are to instill the need to excel academically, to provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success, to assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond, and to create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women and actively involve them in service advocacy and community service opportunities.